Monthly Archives: March 2013

Recipe of the Week

From Steve’s Kitchen, of JewelrybySteveRiley

 

 

Lime Mustard Mackerel & Spicy Scallops

 

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This is a great healthy fish dish that is bursting with nutrients, flavor and texture.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. Mackerel
1/2 lb. Scallops
1/2 lb. Kale
1/4 Cup Chicken or Vegetable Stock
2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
Zest of 1 Lime
Juice of 1 Lime
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
4 Garlic cloves
1 Cup Brown Basmati Rice
1/4 Cup Parsley
1/2 tsp Cayenne Powder
2 Tsp Olive Oil

Directions:

Wash & drain rice while bringing 2 Cups water to boil, add rice to boiling water, stir, cover and simmer for 40 mins.
While the rice is cooking mix lime zest, juice, salt & pepper to mustard. Wash & dry mackerel, place skin side down in a foil lined backing dish and spread the mustard & lime mixture evenly over the fish. Wash & dry the scallops, dust all over with cayenne powder. Wash & roughly chop the kale, put in a skillet with oil, stock & crushed garlic, and saute for aprox 5 mins. Remove the kale from the pan leaving the remainder of the stock in the pan, add the scallops and cook for 5 mins each side while the mackerel cooks under the broiler for 10 mins. Finley chop the parsley and add to cooked rice.

Serve with a chilled glass of Chardonnay, and enjoy.

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Steampunk bride captures color trends and the beauty of the peacock!

By SteampunkWedding

Eclectic weddings are individual, distinctive, and often a singular moment for the bride to the focus of the fanfare, especially if she’s starring in a steampunk wedding!  Our first blog about steampunk discussed some of the basics: literature, Victorian-era fashion, and the finest craftsmanship in metals, leathers, and fabrics.  Today I am lucky to share gorgeous dress created by seamstress Lisa Sauter with photography by Ian Danziger.

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Our steampunk bride’s unique dress is made from many different fabrics in metallics of jewel tones.  When blended together they reflect all the varying colors in a peacock feather.

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In fact, peacock feathers are found in our bride’s fascinator.  Many different styles are available so steampunk wedding parties have several from which to choose.

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Peacock feathers are exotic and reminiscent of some Victorian society’s love of things ‘Oriental’.  According to enthusiasts peacocks are native to southern Asia and Malaysia.

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These colorful birds were “kept for centuries by people first in China and then in Europe and America. The Phoenicians brought the peacock to Egypt more than three thousand years ago. Historical records indicate that Solomon kept several peacock species, among other pheasants, with the India Blue being his favorite peacock.”

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Peafowl were extensively raised by the Romans and in medieval Europe, explains Laurie M. Johnson, editor of Gamebird.com. This look can be found today in current artisans.

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The deep blue colors in the feathers are reflected in many other steampunk accessories.  Steampunk embraces science and nature quite often, which is sure to enhance the eclectic bride, groom and wedding party.  Don’t shy away from butterflies or even eye balls!

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Our bride is obviously setting fashion trends ahead of her time, since PANTONE’s color selections for spring and fall 2013 include her signature hues.

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“With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette, while yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall.”

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“Try pairing both with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and relaxed fall look,” see PANTONE link below.

The bride’s dark black hair is stunning, however, many brides may want to add classic braids for the appearance of length.  Again, looking to our fashion trends for 2013, we can turn to elegant deeper shades.

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Last, but certainly not least, are a few more steampunk wedding details, but these are for the tables!  First, the ‘key’ to a good start is to be sure family and friends find each other and mingle at your events.  This is easily accomplished with personalized key placecards.

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Another definite ‘keeper’ is this pillow box – perfect for tea, poems, or even gift cards!

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I am so very grateful to Ian Danziger for his generosity, information on the seamstress, and hope his work is as inspiring to you as it has been for me!

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LINKS:

Seamstress who created the dress, Lisa Sauter:

https://www.facebook.com/WirSindDieRoboter

Photographer, Ian Danziger:

www.ibd-designs.com/

Peacock historical information, Laurie M. Johnson

http://www.gamebird.com/peacock.html

Color trends by PANTONE:

http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr.aspx?pg=21057&ca=4

Pinterest Board:

http://pinterest.com/dalyndamarie/steampunk-peacock/

Etsy Treasury:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTQ5ODEzMjl8MjcyMTM3MDQ3OQ/steampunk-wedding-in-gorgeous-peacock?ref=pr_treasury

WedEclectic Treasury

Check out this lovely team treasury created by DelaneyPhotoJewelry!

 

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Wedding Cake Toppers

By HeatherBoyd

Think delicious! Think dramatic! It is hard to imagine a wedding or any celebration without a cake.

The wedding cake holds a place of honor at the reception, and is the highlight of the wedding during the cutting ceremony. It symbolizes happiness, good fortune, and a sweet life together.

Today’s wedding cakes can reflect the couples’ hobbies, occupations or personal interests.

Other wedding cake design considerations will include:

  • The color theme used in the reception area.
  • Wedding cake’s flavor, filling and icing preferences.
  • The cake’s assembly; for example, stacked or tiered? And if tiered, will the tiers be placed directly above one another or will satellite tier stands be used? Will this be a sheet cake?
  • Shape of the layers:  round, square, heart?
  • Wedding cake ornaments may include fun charms for the bridesmaids, elegant cake jewelry, silk butterflies, live or sugarcraft flowers, and of course the cake’s topper.

Here is a collection of unique, customized wedding cake toppers available on Etsy…

1. LOVE topper by ThePinkOwlGifts…monogram wedding cake toppers and more.

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2. Tandem wedding cake topper by Heather Boyd.

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3. Love Birds…I do, me too by SkyeArt.

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4.  Awesome Seahorse cake topper by MorganTheCreator.

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5.  Paper Cut out Wedding cake toppers by ReadyGo.

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6. Custom banner wedding cake topper by atCompanyB.

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7. Custom Wood Folk Art cake topper by PokeberryPatch.

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8.  Custom cake topper by Silhouetteweddings.

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WedEclectic Q&A

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We ask the WedEclectic team a question, and post their answers each week…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

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How did you opt to fit in the honeymoon? Mini honeymoon now and ‘real’ honeymoon later? Or, did you wait to get married in order to more conveniently take the time off for an immediate honeymoon? Was your choice of location limited more by budget or by proximity?

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When I got married there hadn’t been a wedding in my family in many years, so there was a fair amount of pressure to do everything the “right” way. I come from a family of very proper women (at least they make sure it appears that way). Everything was a big deal, including my honeymoon. My family travels a lot, so anything on this continent was too ordinary. And 25 years ago only a handful of us had been to the Caribbean. But in order for me to get the cruise that I wanted I needed time to save for it. My engagement was a little over a year long, and I saved every penny. Thank goodness for tax returns. We spent some time with out of town guests after our big day, and then flew to Florida to board the Norway from the Norwegian Cruise Line. Our room was stocked with gifts from our families like champagne and sexy lingerie. To this day, it was the best food I’ve ever had; and the only cruise I’ve been on. It was worth every penny. 4 kids later, I’m lucky to leave the state on a trip. I think a honeymoon needs to be very special; a place you really want to go, even if it’s local.

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Kristin Ames from BagSecrets 

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My husband and I choose to take our honeymoon right after the wedding. We got on a plan the very next morning and spent a week cruising. It was so nice to have that time to unwind and relax from all the craziness and hype over the wedding. We knew we wanted to do a cruise (as it forces us to relax) so the location was based on what cruises were leaving around the time we were getting married.
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Kitty Kanzashi from kittykanzashi 

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There was no honeymoon for us as we both don’t particular like travelling and also for the last 10 years we have been jumping around the UK because of my partner’s career.  Quite frankly it was a joy when we realised that for the first time in 10 years we could actually settle down!

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We wanted to keep our honeymoon on a budget, but allowed enough to spend a week in Hawaii with a little bit of help. : )
Our parents provided credit card points to cover the hotel for a few days, and researched flights to find an uber cheap one ($1000 from NJ to HI if you leave at 6  am!) Hawaii wasn’t a “big deal” for me, as I spent part of my childhood there, but it was a big deal for my husband. So I didn’t press for more extravagant locales like New Zealand or Fiji…which would have been quite a bit more, even with Groupon deals. And we had an absolute blast spending the week after our wedding there.  🙂

How are you planning your honeymoon? Mini honeymoon or ‘real’ honeymoon after your wedding? Have you scheduled your wedding date to make it easier to take the time off for an immediate honeymoon? Is your choice of location limited more by budget or by proximity?

Recipe of the Week ~ Navajo Fry Bread

Looking for a quick, easy, versatile dinner idea?  Congrats, you found it!  Navajo Fry Bread (again, courtesy of pinterest) is an easy-to-work-with dough that you, well, fry.  And, if being fried isn’t enough to convince you on it’s own, consider that it’s basically just as easy as tacos to throw together as a meal, but seems so much fancier!  (Unless you’re one of those people.  You know, the ones that even make their own tortillas?  Yeah…  I’m not one of them, obviously…)  You fry up the bread, then serve with whatever toppings you have on hand:  rice, sour cream, ranch dressing, shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, chopped tomatoes or sweet peppers, corn, olives, leftover taco/fajita/whatever meat, refried beans, kidney beans, pinto beans…  you get the idea.  It’s also really easy to make it vegetarian!

Two things before you dive in:  1. I know you’re looking at the ingredients and thinking, “Powdered milk?  I’ll just leave that out since I don’t have any on hand…”  DON’T DO IT.  Every traditional fry bread recipe I’ve EVER seen uses powdered milk.  For a reason.  It makes your dough more manageable for one.  It also affects the flavor.  (True story.)  Plus, powdered milk will stay good for a LOOOONG time, so just suck it up and get some already.  2.  If you have a second, check out the place where pinterest got this recipe so you can learn a little about the history of fry bread, too!

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Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon powdered milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water
Vegetable oil for frying
Extra flour to flour your hands

Stir together the flour, salt, powdered milk, and baking powder into a large bowl. Pour the water over the flour mixture all at once and stir the dough until it starts to form one big clump. Flour your hands well. Using your hands, begin to mix the dough, trying to get all the flour into the mixture to form a ball. You want to mix well WITHOUT kneading (which will toughen your dough).

Cut the dough into four (4) pieces. Using your floured hands, shape, stretch, pat, and form a disk of about 5 to 7 inches in diameter. In a deep heavy pot, heat the vegetable oil to about 350 degrees F. Take the formed dough and gently place it into the oil, being careful not to splatter the hot oil. Fry until brown, and then flip to fry the other side. Each side will take approximately 3 to 4 minutes to cook. Place the cooked Fry Bread on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.

WedEclectic Treasury

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Featured Team Shop

We like to feature one of our team member’s shops each month…

Here is an interview with Keri, owner/designer at DelaneyJewelry, and one of our team leaders.

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How did you start your shop?

I was making seasonal jewelry collections and selling it in local boutiques, and through my main website, but wanted another presence online other than eBay. A friend told me about Etsy, so in July “08 I opened my shop. In 2010 I almost closed it due to low activity. Thankfully, I decided to give it one last big attempt, joined my local Etsy team, learned how to work with Etsy and my sales started picking up.

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How did you come up with your shop name?

After having 3 boys (I wanted 4 girls) I decided that my business would be named after the daughter I never had. Fast forward a couple years; I got the girl, but the name did not fit her. I decided to change the name of my business. My daughter’s name is Delaney Jane, after her grandmother.

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What has the response been like from the (local/online) community since you opened?

I love what I make. My business has always been well supported by my community. I think the sweet e-mails that I get from people around the world are what makes it doable, even at 2 or 3 am.

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Tell us about some of your favorite items in the shop.

My favorite items, by far, are the sterling silver and 14K gold framed photo tiles. I think they are so pretty, and they make my work (your jewelry) even more one-of-a-kind.

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Who or what would you say has had the most influence over your craft?

I met a photographer, Michaela Winkley, who became the catalyst for my photo tiles. I desperately wanted to design something with photos baked in clay, but for over a year I had one fail after another. Michaela’s desire to offer her clients high end photo jewelry is what kept me plugging away.

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What inspires you?

The birth of my daughter is what inspired me to create my photo jewelry. I had gorgeous photos of her that I wanted to wear for everyone to see. I thought mother’s with new babies would be my audience. Ironically, my memorial charm is my #1 seller. I find myself working with the images of very loved and very missed people from around the world. Giving my customers a way to remember their loves ones was my new found inspiration. I have lost many
loved ones, and I definitely feel the magnitude of loss, heartache, and love in every order.

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What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?

Using personalized items to remember the day; like shoes, hangers, memorial bouquet charms (of course), clothing, jewelry, cake cutting utensils, toasting glasses, etc. But running a close second are items that can be handed down to your oldest son or daughter, or borrowed by all of your children for their own special day.

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What would you like to see at more weddings?

I love the guest participation, so anything along the lines of table games would be a favorite of mine.

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Given the opportunity, which celebrity would you like to see wearing your designs?

Oprah; I wanted to make something with her dog on it.

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What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?

I love custom designs, and I feel that PMC (precious metal clay) skills would allow me to produce one-of-a-kind sterling frames for my photo tiles. I just can’t find the time to take a class. But it’s coming.

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What do you think the future holds for you / your shop?

I feel myself being pulled into finger/thumb print photo tiles. And a even stronger pull toward pet memorials.

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Owner/Artist

DelaneyJewelryDesigns.com

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WedEclectic Q&A

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We ask the WedEclectic team a question, and post their answers each week…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

 

(Only a few answers this week…must be due to the busy wedding season! : )

 

Did you have any bridesmaids (or groomsmen, or family members) who claimed they really wanted to be a part of things, but weren’t willing to help out in the ways needed? How did you handle it?

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I had to include every family member from both sides as a bridesmaid or flower girl, etc…Since many were out of State it was not possible to help much. I bought the fabric for four of the flower girls and just mailed it to my future sister in law to have the girls dresses made for them. She got the hint! Later when one of her girls got married, she did the same thing right back to me and we had a laugh.
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I expected to be a DIY Bride from the start, as I am fairly crafty, and we were on a tight budget. My sister lives in New Orleans (we are in NJ), so there really wasn’t a way to include her in projects other than emails asking for opinions, and one of my friends is a very busy veterinarian who lives over 2.5 hours away. My matron of honor is a very busy Mom and teacher, but volunteered to collect the submissions for our shower substitution (a friends and family recipe book…which I have yet to finish, 3 years after our wedding! LOL)
My dear Mother-in-Law came to the rescue in the weeks before our wedding, asking what she could do. She helped to arrange some of our cafe table décor to match my hand-drawn designs, and took care of some other miscellaneous items.
And a posse of our friends and family arrived early for our rehearsal to set up the rooms…complete with chair covers and bows, arranging the stone and silk centerpieces, and entry area with the place card sand/salt box, as well as our ceremony room and arbor. They were a godsend in our hour of need!
(Of course, there was a bit of stress, as the chair covers weren’t pressed when my fiancé went to pick them up that day, so the cleaner had to finish them quickly while they were standing there, waiting…and it was the same day as the NY Yankees parade for winning the World Series, which held a number of them up in traffic. So we started about 2.5 hours late! Expect the unexpected…and roll with the punches. : )
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Yes, indeed!  As the popular saying goes, “Stay Calm and Carry On”.
I wound up doing everything myself, during my senior year of college, while working and training in an internship.  My bridesmaids even mentioned to me that I seemed “stressed out”; no really?  😉
Believe it or not, it was my mother, aunt & grandmother who came to my rescue.  They saw what I hadn’t.  They bought, fixed, cleaned, etc.  I’ll never actually know all that they did, since they were smiling the entire time.  Albeit grins with a little “I told you so” mixed in.  I love them dearly and will never forget how much they helped.
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Did you / Do you plan to ask your wedding party or family members to help? Were/Are any eager to do so, but did not follow though? How did you handle it (or plan to)?

Recipe of the Week

From Heather’s kitchen, of heatherboyd

 

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Inspired by our trip to the famous Max Brenner in New York City we decided to reproduce their decadent Belgium Waffle dessert with a healthy twist. Shown below is their Tutti Frutti waffle with red berries citrus salad, milk chocolate ganache, vanilla crumbled ice cream with chocolate crunchy waferballs. This would be a perfect dessert to impress your wedding guests.

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…and our Breakfast Waffles…

Combine: 2 cups flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 Tablespoon white sugar

Whisk together: 1 ½ cups milk, 2 eggs, 2 Tablespoons melted butter

Mix together wet and dry ingredients and cook in a waffle iron.

Toppings: French vanilla ice-cream, sliced strawberries, chocolate sauce (I mixed equal amounts of maple syrup and unsweetened cocoa powder and microwaved 20 -30 seconds).

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